Bridal designers get daring with these red-hot looks.

The majority of wedding dresses shown at the April 2012 bridal week shows were in various shades of white and ivory. And while some designers may toss in a bit of blush or something blue, it’s very rare that a bold and daring color makes it pass the designer’s sketchbook and onto the runway. This season several designers dared to go beyond traditional white and featured a show-stopping gown in red.


Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta began his runway with a rich burgundy Shakespearean-style gown and ended with a romantic red lace ball gown with a matching mantilla while Romona Keveza also ended her show with a red finale dress—a voluminous ball gown, each making a fashion-forward statement.


Romona Keveza Bridal Couture

But it was the all-red collection by Vera Wang that had everyone talking.

Inspired by love (and perhaps her soon-to-be expansion into the Asian market), Wang decided to create her “Mei Meng” collection of wedding gowns in shades of red. The dresses included both figure-hugging mermaids and princess ball gowns all in shades of red—from a very bright hue to a dark maroon. Each dress has the couture look Vera Wang is known for with yards of delicate lace and tulle, tiered skirts, ruching and hand-crafted details. And in case you were wondering, each dress will be available in ivory too.


Vera Wang Spring 2013

Think a red wedding dress is in your future? The Vera Wang Spring 2013 collection will be at a special trunk show this weekend, April 19 through the 22 at her New York salon at 991 Madison Avenue. Appointments are required. Call 212-628-3400. The full collection will hit salons nationwide in the fall.

Photo: ODLR by Dan Lecca